Another restaurant week planned for Myrtle Beach area this year

dbryant@thesunnews.comJanuary 20, 2014 

Miss catching some of those deals during the recent Restaurant Week? You’ll have a second chance this year.

A second Myrtle Beach Area Restaurant Week in 2014 is scheduled for June 2-8, timed to coincide with the Coastal Uncorked festival and during a busier time of year at the beach when more restaurants can participate.

It’s the first year the area has scheduled two restaurant weeks, organized by the Myrtle Beach Area Hospitality Association.

Only about a dozen Grand Strand restaurants participated in the 11-day South Carolina Restaurant Week that wrapped up Sunday, which always falls in January aiming to showcase the state’s culinary offerings and boost business during a traditionally slower time of year statewide.

But along the Grand Strand, things are really slow in January – so slow many restaurants shut down for extensive cleaning or remodeling. That translates into only a fraction of the 1,700 area eateries participating by offering special menu items, promotions or discounts.

“A lot of it for us is the timing of the year,” said Stephen Greene, president of the Myrtle Beach Area Hospitality Association. “It’s a hard time for us. For those who do participate, it’s a good boost.”

Adding a second week in early June should give more restaurants a chance to participate and help jumpstart the busy summer season, Greene said.

“[Early] June is still a soft time for us,” Greene said. “It’s a good opportunity for those restaurants [to lure some business].”

The second restaurant week will be part of the association’s Coastal Uncorked festival, which returns this year after a one-year hiatus because of a ruling that reiterated that alcohol donations from distributors to nonprofit events such as Coastal Uncorked are not allowed.

Popular features of the festival, including the tasting trolleys, are set to return this year, and more events such as a golf tournament and special dinners will happen throughout the year, Greene said. More details about this year’s Coastal Uncorked festival – which aims to showcase the area’s culinary offerings – should be released in the coming weeks.

Contact DAWN BRYANT at 626-0296 or at dbryant@thesunnews.com or follow her at Twitter.com/TSN_dawnbryant.

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